Trailblazing documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto turns her lens on the gutsy and resourceful photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, an extraordinary Sicilian artist and activist whose work defines community resistance to the Mafia. Battaglia found her calling relatively late in life, breaking tradition by turning away from a domestic role as a wife and mother, she captured the horrors of everyday life in Sicily in the eighties as resistance to the rule of the brutal Corleonesi family led to a series of grizzly murders, forcing a stricken community into silence. Also, don’t miss The Traitor for a stunning dramatisation of some of the events portrayed.
“The life story of an extraordinarily charismatic and resolute woman interweaves with the bloody melodrama of Italy’s battle against its enemy within, in Shooting the Mafia, a meld of portraiture and social history that is as tender, humane and generous as it is harrowing. Either story- that of Letizia Battaglia, Italy’s first female photojournalist, or that of the Sicilian Mafia, whose images she dauntlessly collected -could have been riveting on its own. Combined, they form an exceptionally complex evocation of what it is to live as a woman, an artist, a journalist and a moral being in the world.”- Hannah McGill, Sight & Sound